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FBI, SFPD Look For Woman Who Tried To Rob Bank

on August 28, 2015 - 7:13am

Suspect who attempted to rob a Bank of America branch in Santa Fe. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are looking for a woman who attempted to rob a Bank of America branch in Santa Fe.

The suspect involved in the Aug. 12, 2015 attempted robbery is described as a white female in her mid-20s with long black or dark brown hair. She wore a baggy white T-shirt, dark blue sweat pants and large frame sunglasses when she walked into the bank at approximately 2:30 p.m. on 4037 W. Rodeo Road.

The suspect gave a teller a note demanding money, but the suspect left without

LAFD Earns International Accredited Agency Status!

on August 27, 2015 - 8:19pm

Personnel in the LAFD Administration Office in Los Alamos watch today's accreditation hearing in Atlanta. Courtesy/LAFD

Staff Report

For the fourth time in its history, the Los Alamos County Fire Department has achieved International Accredited Agency status.

The award was presented this evening at a special ceremony in the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta. County Manager Harry Burgess, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, LAFD Union President Bert Quintana and EMS Supervisor Ben Stone traveled to Atlanta to accept the award on behalf of the department.

Program Members Help Park, Learn Skills At Bandelier

on August 27, 2015 - 5:16pm
Members of the Bandelier Preservation Corps working on the Ancestral Pueblo walls at Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Mnument. Courtesy/NPS
Members of the Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps, with visiting U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. Courtesy/NPS

Bandelier News:


This summer, two programs at Bandelier National Monument, the Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps, provided local young people the opportunity to learn skills and help improve and maintain the park. 
Funding came from project money, the

New Mexico Judiciary Endorses Bail Reform Constitutional Amendment

on August 27, 2015 - 4:53pm
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Judiciary will ask the Legislature to let voters decide whether to approve reforms to the bail system for the release of criminal defendants awaiting trial.
The proposed amendment to the New Mexico Constitution will allow judges the lawful option of denying pretrial release on bail to defendants who are too dangerous or unreasonable flight risks. The proposal also will guarantee that no person entitled to pretrial release is held in jail simply because they are financially unable to afford a money bond.    
Current provisions of the state

Council OKs Consultant Services For Public Outreach

on August 27, 2015 - 4:51pm

Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Phil Gursky and CEDD Director Anne Laurent brief Council Tuesday evening on P&Z's recommendation to approve up to $150,000 for consultant services for public outreach related to the County's Comprehensive Plan update. County Council unanimously supported P&Z's recommendation and directed CEDD staff to work with County legal and procurement staff to issue a request for proposals. Print Screen/LADP

Bridge Players Of All Levels Welcome At BESC

on August 27, 2015 - 4:36pm

Seniors enjoy an afternoon of bridge at 1 p.m. each Tuesday in the classroom at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Bridge players of all levels are welcome. Courtesy/BESC

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases 2nd Qtr. Crime Stats

on August 27, 2015 - 4:14pm

LAPD News:

Today, Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the second quarter of 2015, which were compiled by the department's records division.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), manslaughter, rape, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny and auto theft make up the property crime category.

Game Commission Votes 7-0 For Cougar Trapping

on August 27, 2015 - 4:01pm

New Mexico Game Commission votes to endorse the NMDGF recommendations to drastically expand trapping, snaring and killing cougar across New Mexico. Courtesy/APNM

APNM News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Game Commission voted to endorse the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish’s (NMDGF) extreme recommendations to drastically expand trapping, snaring, and killing across New Mexico as part of revisions to the 2016 Bear & Cougar Rule.

By a unanimous vote, the Game Commission endorsed the NMDGF proposals to:

  • allow cougar trapping using leg-hold traps and snares on state trust lands,

Obituary: Jeanne Collins Barck July 29, 2015

on August 27, 2015 - 3:35pm


Jeanne Collins Barck of Espanola, New Mexico passed away in her home on July 29, 2015.

She was born in Cedartown, Georgia, in 1936, the daughter of Emily Sanders Collins and William Goodall Collins. After earning degrees from Duke University, she moved to New Mexico and taught at the New Mexico Girls’ School in Albuquerque, served as a school principal and worked in various education roles in schools in Los Lunas, Farmington, Anthony, and Pojoaque.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 21 To Aug. 26, 2015

on August 27, 2015 - 3:14pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Aug. 21 at 8:39 a.m. / A 67-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone damaged his property on Rover Boulevard. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.


Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. / Police arrested Fernando Trujillo, 23, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

Aug. 21 at 9:46 p.m.

Luján Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

on August 27, 2015 - 2:00pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Wednesday highlighting Women’s Equality Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing a woman’s right to vote.
“Today we celebrate a monumental day for equality and justice in our nation’s history. Ninety-five years ago, thanks to the tireless work of a group of dedicated advocates, the 19th Amendment was adopted, ensuring the right to vote for America’s women.

Letter To The Editor: Where Discoveries Are Made Is Most Ideal

on August 27, 2015 - 1:58pm
Los Alamos
The only "brand" I can accept for my home town is the one the community voted for ages ago, "Where Discoveries Are Made."
Having been in marketing in various forms for years, this is the only one with unlimited opportunities for "selling" the community/region to visitors who've never been lucky enough to come here.
The others are pedantic and too big a stretch.
I wholeheatedly agree with Chris Weaver! This seems a great way to throw away some money on something that is a total waste.
To those who don't like "Where Discoveries Are Made," ask them how long they have been

San Ildefonso Pueblo Responds To Santa Fe County Commission Vote

on August 27, 2015 - 1:56pm
SANTA FE  San Ildefonso Pueblo officials are both disappointed and frustrated by Tuesday's (Aug. 25) action by the Santa Fe County Commission to tie negotiations over road disputes on Pueblo land to the Aamodt water settlement.
“For two years, we have been working in good-faith to find a fair resolution to both of these with Santa Fe County. It is disheartening that after all we’ve put into this, including hours of face-to-face meetings, they chose to blindside us by suddenly tying the two together,” Gov. James Mountain said.

About Calvary Chapel's 'This Means War' Event

on August 27, 2015 - 1:54pm
Youth enjoying music preformed by fellow campers. Photo by Todd Haines
CCLA News:
For more than 25 years, Calvary Chapel of Los Alamos has put on a youth event that is called “This Means War”.  
It began as an overnight activity but has more recently become a camp that spans four days. The premise is simple; there is a spiritual battle around us and we prepare young people to recognize and respond to it. 
With the use of activities, multimedia, and solid biblical teaching, we equip the camper to win the battle for the mind (biblical worldview), the battle for the heart, (loving the things of

Letter To The Editor: Amazed At How Wonderful People In Los Alamos Can Be

on August 27, 2015 - 1:47pm

Los Alamos

I'm amazed at how wonderful people in Los Alamos can be.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, my two really small beige colored dogs escaped. Of course they headed straight to Canyon Road.

As I was turning east at the corner of 15th and Canyon, a kind gentleman in a large white delivery van saw my dilemma and stopped his van to block westbound traffic. As I turned onto Canyon someone in a small red car stopped to block eastbound traffic. I was able to maneuver my car so I could lure my dogs to me.

It may seem like a small thing, but to me it was a wonderful help.


Nature Center's Fourth Friday Fractal Show Cancelled

on August 27, 2015 - 11:01am
PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center's Fourth Friday Fractal show scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28 has been cancelled.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will start monthly fractal shows beginning Sept. 25 in the Los Alamos Nature Center's Planetarium.

LAMS Students & Staff Invited To Join Walk Run Club

on August 27, 2015 - 10:27am

LAMS runners and walkers are invited to hit the track before school. Courtesy/LAMS

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle Schhol sudents and staff are invitted to bring their friends and come out to the LAMS track 7:30-7:50 a.m. before school and walk or run the track.

It is a fun activity guaranteed to improve your mood and fitness level. The LAMS Walk Run Program kicks off Sept. 2. The program is provided by a Los Alamos Heart Council Grant.

For more information, contact Mrs. Watson at

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 27, 2015 - 10:10am
Reel Deal Theater  

If you want to see an intense thriller with great acting by Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnon, check out No Escape.

The reviews are mixed, it depends where you look but reviewers who immersed themselves in this film for pure entertainment and action loved it. Those worried about political correctness-not so much. It is big screen entertainment plain and simple.

I’ve been trying to open Love and Mercy for a while now and we finally got it for a one-week run. This film is a portrait of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.

Buffalo Thunder's Red Sage Unveils New Menus, Chef De Cuisine And Partnership With Tewa Farms

on August 27, 2015 - 10:08am

From left, Buffalo Thunder Food and Beverage Director Dan Daugherty, Pojoaque Pueblo Agriculture Department Director Frances Quintana, Buffalo Thunder Sales and Marketing Director Christine Windle and Chef Thomas Hartwell at a special unveiling Wednesday evening of the new menu at Red Sage. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New Chef De Cuisine Edgar Morales greets guests at Wednesday's special event in the Red Sage at Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


SANTA FE – Red Sage, the fine dining new American Steakhouse

Asphalt Resurfacing Activities Underway In White Rock

on August 27, 2015 - 9:27am

Asphalt resurfacing has began on White Rock streets including Page Loop, Meadow Lane (Overlook Road to Grand Canyon), Todd Loop, Glenview Drive, Glenview Court, Kris Court, Kimberly Lane (Rover Boulevard south to cul-de-sac), Valle Del Sol, Kendall Drive, Paul Place, Jeffery Place, Page Court, Pruitt Avenue and Hamlin Court. Door hangers will be distributed to residents living on the affected streets at least 48 hours in advance. The anticipated duration for this resurfacing project is three weeks. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Page Loop in White Rock has been resurfaced. Photo by

Free Chile Roasting Underway At Smith's

on August 27, 2015 - 9:16am

Smith's employee Melvin Whiteman boxes up freshly roasted chile Wednesday afternoon at the White Rock store on Sherwood Boulevard. Free roasting continues daily at Smith's. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Melvin Whiteman works the chile roaster Wedensday afternoon at the White Rock Smith's on Sherwood Boulevard. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Obituary: Stephen ‘Greg’ Gravener May 3, 1971–Aug. 20, 2015

on August 27, 2015 - 8:57am

STEPHEN ‘GREG’ GRAVENER May 3, 1971 – Aug. 20, 2015

Stephen “Greg” Gravener, born May 3, 1971, in Riverside, California passed away at his home in El Rito, New Mexico on August 20, 2015, at the age of 44.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sue Gravener, and grandparents Clarence and Betty Gravener, and Lloyd and Maudie Prescott.

Greg moved to Kingman, Arizona with his family in 1980, and graduated from Kingman High School in 1989. He attended Idaho State University, and served his country in the United States Navy.

Greg was employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Bandelier Builds Rustic Bus Shelter In White Rock

on August 27, 2015 - 8:57am

The rustic bus shelter adjacent to the White Rock Visitors Center on N.M. 4 is nearly complete. The shelter is funded by Bandelier and designed for people taking the Atomic City shuttle to the national monument. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The design of the rustic shelter complements the rustic style of structures at Bandelier. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Wednesday's Drywall Mud Spill Clogs Commuter Traffic

on August 26, 2015 - 11:00pm

Traffic began backing up on N.M. 4 at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday between Rover Boulevard and the Truck Route following an unsecured load that spilled 15 5-gallon buckets of drywall mud onto N.M. 502. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Traffic also began backing up around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the Truck Route following the drywall mud mishap on N.M. 502. State police located the elusive truck driver in Espanola and cited him for driving with an unsecured load. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

N.M. 502 Has Reopened

on August 26, 2015 - 6:28pm

NEWS Alert:

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that N.M. 502 has reopened at the site of this afternoon’s paint spill.

It turns out that what was thought to be white paint was actually drywall mud.

The driver left the scene and was located in Espanola. He was cited for driving with an unsecured load and may receive other charges.

Morris advises drivers to use extreme caution as the roadway is very slick, and if it rains, it will become more so.